RECENT ARTICLES
  • Blog: Why Calling 'Obesity' a 'Disease' Is So Troubling

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein June 2013

    Jerry Seinfeld does a bit during which he discusses topics that make people whisper. Cancer is one of them. "Did you hear about Bill? He has (whispering) cancer."

  • Blog: Is It Time for a Shot Clock at All Levels?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    The debate over whether high school basketball needs a shot clock has raged for years. But recent "stall ball" incidents at playoff games in Michigan and Utah, initiated by teams holding onto the ball for nearly an entire quarter - they barely even freakin' dribbled! - while crowds let the boos fly, have prompted calls for reassessment.

  • Blog: A Simple Answer to a Simple Management Question

    by Andrew Cohen February 2013

    The very-active NIRSA Community forum - if you don't know, that's the place where college recreation professionals post job offerings and seek advice on facilities, management and equipment issues - tackles some thorny questions. So when a post appeared Monday headed "Need opinions on a tough situation," I donned my thinking cap and girded myself for something…well, tough.

  • Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o

    by Paul Steinbach January 2013

    The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.

  • Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    by Paul Steinbach December 2012

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.

  • Blog: Zumba's Great - Just Not for Us

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2011

    We're going to come right out and say it, and then go hide behind something sturdy in anticipation of the response.

  • The Pro Bowl Is Stupid. Kill It Already.

    by Andrew Cohen January 2010

  • Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later

    by Paul Steinbach January 2010

    Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.

    For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.

  • A Choice to Make

    by Paul Steinbach December 2009

    There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."

  • Swoooooosh!

    by Andrew Cohen November 2009

    I had a strange experience this weekend. I was in a real rage…one of those blind, murderous rages where self-control vanishes entirely. You know what I'm talking about - if you're married, or have kids, or better yet, married with kids, you've been there. Anyway, something happened at home - what happened is really not important - and it was late at night, closer to my kids' wake-up time than their bedtime…and I, you know, got behind the wheel of my car and in my blind rage, kind of hit a tree. Or something.